Posted by: Erica Retrochef | June 17, 2013

Fried Pies

On the few occasions I venture onto Pinterest, a lot of people have boards dedicated to “super simple” recipes. Apparently you can make almost any sort of food out of only a handful of ingredients, at least in the purely-theoretical realm of Pinterest cooking.

And this fried pie recipe struck me as very Pinterest-y, the “easiest ever” version!



For each pie, press 2 Ballard Oven-Ready Biscuits together. Roll to a 7-inch circle. Place 2 tablespoons fruit filling * on half of circle. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired. Moisten edge; fold other half over. Seal edge; prick top with fork.

Fry in 1/4 inch Kraft Oil (375°) about 4 minutes on each side until deep golden brown; turn only once. Drain. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes 5 delicious Fried Pies.

* Use CANNED PIE FILLING — apple, cherry, blueberry, peach, apricot, pineapple, raisin. Or FRESH or FROZEN berries, peaches, apricots or pears, sweetened to taste. Or DRIED FRUIT, cooked and sweetened.


Canned pie filling and canned biscuits! CAN DO, ha ha ha…


It’s pretty easy to roll out dough (of any kind) between sheets of wax paper; it doesn’t stick to the counter or rolling pin, and no need for additional flour.


I rolled the biscuits out fairly thinly, although perhaps not thin enough (as you’ll see in a moment).


There was a lot of arguing over what fruit would be best (or, if necessary, least disgusting) as a filling, and everyone eventually compromised on blueberry.


As soon as they went into the frying pan, the biscuits started to poof up — as biscuits do, when baked. Some of them also started leaking out of the sides, which made the oil get all kinds of bubbly. Well, let’s get them all lovely and golden-brown.


Oh dear, this is rather dark brown, isn’t it? Let’s try covering that up with a sprinkling of powdered sugar…


Overall, these didn’t turn out quite as well as I had expected; the outer surface was nearly burnt, while the inside was gooey and uncooked. It was pretty mediocre… so, surprisingly, the kids declared fried to be absolutely amazingly delicious and the new Best Dessert Ever.

So we’ve managed to simultaneously prove that biscuits make terrible pie crust, and children have very strange tastes in food.

Brought-o to you-o by Retro Adverto, who rightly guessed they’d be a “pale, pale imitation” of actual fried pies.



  1. I can imagine fried pies tasting pretty good, if done right. The biscuit dough is an odd choice, it doesn’t seem like it would be sweet enough to compliment the pie filling. And raw biscuit dough in the middle is just gross. 😦

  2. might be better off deep-frying. or pre-baking and then frying to give that fried pie taste. either of which sounds like too much work for me! too bad they didn’t cook through.

    • Deep frying with an oil temperature closer to 350, or slightly below, would probably work out well. I’ve made lazy man’s donuts this way.

  3. I really wondered about this one. I didn’t realize until well into my adulthood that fried pies were not common beyond the South/Southwest. I live in Texas, and having eaten way more of these things than I will admit to, when I saw that recipe I grimaced. It’s like a weird re-working to make something that is absolutely heavenly into something that looks pretty bland. And call me a purist, but a couple of their filling suggestions are just weird (raisin?!). I’ve never considered blueberries as a fried pie filling — maybe because when eating them with your hands the chance for a horrible, permanent stain of a mess is likely. Still, this seems like it could work. I agree with Lassie — I’d try deep-frying that sucker. I love that you try all these things!

  4. I’ve seen a similar recipe but with bread instead of biscuit dough…just smash the edges of two rounds of bread together. I tried that with a savoury filling and pan-fried – pretty good, though I could imagine deep-fried would be too greasy. Although the upside is that there wouldn’t be a chance of raw dough inside.

  5. At first glance this does look “very Pinterest-y” Erica. On second glance, not so much so.

    Thanks for sharing anyway. One for the books I’m sure!

    P.S. Are you joining us for the Picnic Game this year? I remember you said you had something in mind for the letter Z.

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